USB hub questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kkamin, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. kkamin macrumors member

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    Hello, I want to buy a USB 2.0 HUB for my MacBook.

    I plan to plug an external hard drive into it, a mouse and a printer (maybe an ipod to charge too).

    Does it need a hub with power supply? All the devices will rarely be going simultaneously. It would be the mouse and hard drive most of the time. But I'd be editing video on the hard drive or Time Machine would be backing up data on it.

    Thanks, just a little confused with the power or no power aspect.
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I don't think it needs to be powered but it certainly will help. If I were plugging an external drive into one i'd want it to be powered.
     
  3. OllyW Moderator

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    If you will be using a 2.5" external HD get a powered hub.
     
  4. designgeek macrumors 65816

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    plus if it's powered you can leave it unconnected from your computer and still charge stuff.
     

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